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WASHINGTON – Four smart and socially conscious engineering students are in Khartoum, Sudan to present at the Knowledge Management Capacity Conference on their grounding-breaking work to bring clean water to a village in Kenya through their work with Engineers Without Borders.
Shorma Bianca Bailey, a senior Chemical Engineering major, and the 2011 White House Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM recipient is leading the Howard delegation. Bailey is joined by Tena Hunter, Aleah Holt and Kristina Banks as well as faculty advisor John Tharakan, Ph.D.
“We are excited about this opportunity to showcase our work and to seek sustainable solutions that utilize appropriate technology,” Bailey said. “We are engineers and our core mission is solve problems. EWB-HU is committed to finding solutions across social, cultural and geographic boundaries.”
The team will present their paper titled Investigating the Water Quality and Quantity Issues in Choimim, Kenya. The EWB-HU members have worked on this sustainable water solution for the last three years. Choimim, a rural community of tea and cattle farmers, is about 200 miles from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The people there do not have adequate water and the shortage is dire in the dry season.